Teacher quotes are not like self-help slogans.
You know the ones – we’ve heard them so many times, they’ve lost all meaning:
- Life is short, do what matters
- Change your mind, change your life, or
- Follow your dreams.
These are not inspiring calls-to-action; they’re a wave of white noise clichés we’ve been tuning out for years.
Quotes about teaching are different…
They’re specific, for a start. They’re not waffling on about Life, or Love or The Universe.
They’re talking about how education has the power to change the world.
And that’s directly relevant to online teachers, because this is what we do.
Here’s a collection of 30 of the most uplifting teacher quotes around.
I challenge you to have a bad day after reading a few of these!
Teaching Quotes About Why Education Matters
He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world
– Robin Williams.
A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension
– Oliver Wendell Holmes.
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf
– Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine
– Benjamin Franklin.
Education costs money, but then so does ignorance
– Sir Claus Moser.
Only the educated are free
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire
– William Butler Yeats.
He who opens a school door closes a prison
– Victor Hugo.
Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think!
– Albert Einstein.
Teacher Quotes That Explore The Learning Process
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it
– Pablo Picasso.
Learning never exhausts the mind
– Leonardo da Vinci.
– Edwards Deming.
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library
– Jorge Luis Borges.
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way
– Doris Lessing.
Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly
– Anna Deavere Smith.
The day you stop learning and creating must be the most boring day
– Samantha Barks.
Everything is a learning experience
– Angus T. Jones.
We can learn something new anytime we believe we can
– Virginia Satir.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty
– Henry Ford.
Quotes About Teachers & Their Importance
I am not a teacher, but an awakener
– Robert Frost.
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see
– Alexandra K. Trenfor.
I touch the future. I teach
– Christa McAuliffe.
– Richard Bankert.
What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches
– Soren Kierkegaard.
A good teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary
– Thomas Carruthers.
Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions
Teaching is the greatest act of optimism
– Colleen Wilcox.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it
– Margaret Fuller.
You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it
– J.D. Salinger.
These teacher quotes are sure to improve your outlook – they’re powerful reminders that online teaching matters.
Do you have any favourite teaching quotes of your own?